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Invergordon RNLI launched on service to casualty injured on bottom of cliffs.

Lifeboats News Release

The Invergordon RNLI lifeboat “Douglas Aikman Smith” launched this morning to reports of a man with a suspected head, arm & leg injury immobilised at base of cliffs on the Black Isle.

Invergordon Lifeboat XP craft arriving on scene

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat XP craft arriving on scene
The volunteer crew of 7 launched the all-weather Trent class Lifeboat at 7.44am, and made best speed towards the reported position given by Aberdeen Coastguard which was around the McFarquhars Bed area, where Police Scotland were in attendance and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 951 on route.

A 26-year-old male was reported to have fallen from the cliff and sustained a suspected head injury and reports of a possible broken leg.

Arriving shortly after 8:10am, 3 RNLI crew members were deployed in the XP Daughter boat to the rocky shoreline to assist assess the casualty and ready him for winching with the Winchman now on scene.

After a full assessment and interagency working, the injured male was placed in stretcher with suspected head and leg and wrist injuries and carefully carried long the rocky shoreline to the Rescue Helicopter which managed to touch down nearby before being conveyed to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for further treatment.

The Lifeboat were then clear to return to the berth in Invergordon’s West Harbour where the boat was refueled and made ready for service for 9:30am.

2nd Coxswain Allan Lipp which was part of the RNLI Crew who went ashore advised “This was a swift well executed rescue who saw HM Coastguard, Police Scotland and RNLI all come together and ensure the casualty received the best possible casualty care required in a short space of time”.


Invergordon Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 951

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 951
Invergordon Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 951

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 951
Invergordon RNLI Volunteer with casualty

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Invergordon RNLI Volunteer with casualty

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